Mar 19, 2020

Covid-19 Emergency Closure Order -Iqaluit

Please see attached Emergency Closure Order from the Chief Justice. 

This order was previously sent out by chambers at the end of the day March 18th, 2020. ECO-Iqaluit


If you are required to be in Court and have any questions or concerns please contact the appropriate office below:


Mar 16, 2020


March 17, 2020

The Nunavut Court of Justice (NCJ) suspended regular operations, effective 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. The suspension will be in effect until further notice. The decision to suspend operations was made to protect the health and safety of all community members and court users…


Novel coronavirus COVID-19

The Nunavut Court of Justice has contingency planning in place to respond to a variety of critical situations. In recent weeks, we have been adapting those plans to meet the concerns and challenges raised by the spread of the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keeping the public informed is an important part of our planning. We will post information about the Court’s response to COVID-19 on this web page.

We have been closely monitoring information and guidance from the Nunavut Chief Health Medical Officer and updates from the territorial and federal governments. Because the situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid, we will continue monitoring and assessing information as it becomes available. Should any changes to court operations become necessary, we will post the details immediately.

We are committed to taking the steps necessary to safeguard the health of everyone in our courtrooms and court facilities while ensuring access to justice, upholding the rule of law, and continuing court operations as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Attending court

Most court proceedings are open to the public, but if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms please follow the Government of Nunavut Department of Health’s advice and do not come to court to watch. Symptoms listed by the Department of Health are cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

Lawyers, parties and witnesses who are ill, in self-isolation recommended by a health professional, or in quarantine should take steps to notify other parties and the Court as soon as possible.

Parties with lawyers and witnesses whose testimony has been arranged by a lawyer should contact the lawyer. For a criminal proceeding people without lawyers should contact the Crown prosecutor for your case. If you fail to attend court without taking these steps, an order can be made in your absence.

In some cases, a judge may permit a lawyer or party who is unable to attend in person to make their court appearance by telephone. Telephone the Court Registry to ask about applying for a telephone appearance or see information listed under Practice Directive #4: